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A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory

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In late February and early March of 1836, a Mexican army led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna lay siege to a mission known as the Alamo, held by a small band of rebels that included Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Travis. In the dark early morning of March 6, all inside the fort were dead -- and one of America's most enduring legends was born.
Randy Roberts
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 9th 2002 by Free Press (first published 2001)
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Matt
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alamo
"All that other stuff, all that history? To hell with it, right? Forget the Alamo."
-- Elizabeth Pena as Pilar Cruz, in John Sayles' Lone Star

There are two ways to view the Alamo as a historical event. The first is as a minor skirmish blown all out of proportion: a 13 day siege of a rundown Spanish mission defended by criminals, slave owners, deadbeats, and miscreants, which ended in wholesale if relatively limited slaughter. The second is as a historical pivot, the hinge on which the Texas Revol
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Jo Stafford
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have read very little specifically about the Alamo, so this book really filled a gap in my knowledge. It is particularly good at placing the events leading up to the battle for the Alamo in the context of Mexican politics and Santa Anna's determination to crush federalist insurgencies and impose a centralized authority, thereby destroying regional autonomy.

I was very interested in how the Alamo has been elevated to mythic status in American memory and the symbolic uses to which it has been put
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Kurt Porter
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When one hears the words “Remember the Alamo”; what is it that one remembers? Is it the names of the men who gave their life’s defending the Alamo against Santa Anna’s army? Is it the epic John Wayne movie or the white washed Disney television series you watched when you were a child? Is it the idealistic version of the events that one learns in middle school? The answer, like most events of historical importance, is not quite so easy to ascertain. A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memo ...more
Don Thompson
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction
I really liked the path taken. It covered off the people. Many of the custom's of the Tejano's living in the Texas. Gave an excellent viewpoint of the USA and why people had migrated to Texas. Then it went on to give a pretty decent picture of all the main players in the war. Santa Anna, his officers and soldiers. Travis, Houston, Fannin, Bowie, and Crockett. An excellent insight of the battle and the various combatants from both armies not only up to the fall of the Alamo but the battles of Gol ...more
Helen
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
One of the myriad of books about the Alamo. These authors divide the book into three battles for the Alamo: first, the real battle: secondly, the battle to preserve the Alamo and thirdly, the battle to save heroic legend of the defense of the Alamo from the New Western Historians. According to Jeff Long, a revisionist historian,and others, the rebel defenders of the Alamo were nothing more than rabble-rousers (sounds like the Sons of Liberty?) and racist slaveowners and lots of other charges had ...more
Enid Horowitz
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed A Line in the Sand, which I read before, during and after a trip to San Antonio. The book brought to life the history of the Alamo, the historical context of the battle and the vivid characters involved. I heartily recommend this book to anyone curious about the growth of America and Mexican history.

One addition to the book is greatly needed: a map or two. Although an old map of Texas/Mexico is included, this reader cries out for a map of the Alamo to refer to when the batt
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George Heidemark
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting blend of a history of the Battle of the Alamo along with an examination of the shifting views of how Americans have perceived the Alamo since 1836. A fascinating part of the book deals with how the Disney TV specials on Davy Crockett shaped American perceptions of the Alamo. Another interesting chapter examines the film made by John Wayne and how he felt the Alamo was a metaphor for courage along with his views that communism was infiltrating America and how the Alamo defenders re ...more
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